We scored a great goal at the end, but it was no more than we deserved.
"Stephen "Steve" Nicol" is a Scottish former professional Association football/footballer. A schoolboy at Marr College, Troon he developed into a utility player who played in the successful Liverpool F.C./Liverpool team of the 1980s. He was also a regular member of the Scotland national football team, and represented his country at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
As a player, Nicol won five Football League First Division titles, three FA Cup winners medals, and the 1984 European Cup during 14 years with Liverpool. Nicol also played with several other English teams, including Notts County F.C./Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday F.C./Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers F.C./Doncaster Rovers, before emigrating to the United States in 1999. He was most recently coach of New England Revolution, and was the longest-tenured head coach in Major League Soccer/MLS to coach a single club.More Steve Nicol on Wikipedia.
It was hard to tell who was in their preseason and who wasn't.
It's huge. I think any team in the league would want Pat Noonan and Steve Ralston in their starting lineup -- we certainly want them. They've got a couple of games behind them. I think it should be enough, hopefully it will be.
I'd like to think that we don't need extra things to get us going. I'd like to think that we're prepared and ready to go anyway. I don't think it was any extra because of that.
Our good shape was huge. We could've been better with the ball, surely. But the reason we had the clean sheet was the back three did very well. And when we lost the ball, we always had somebody defending, within distance to close the ball down. Our shape was strong.
He's a dangerous guy if he turns around and gets running at you. The boys in the back did well. They kind of nullified that. (But) I don't think he was 100 percent either.
It's important that we keep the ball. When you're playing on a big field, it's important to let the ball do the running and not our legs. That's when possession becomes key. Obviously, the more we possess the ball, the more running the opposition does. So on the field, keeping the ball is pretty key.
I don't think the ball was anywhere as near as good as we can. We showed some good signs but we've certainly got a lot to work on.